Sandy Rashty

Belmont United is latest synagogue to elect a woman chair

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

The United Synagogue has elected its fourth shul chairwoman

Frances Grossman, a former vice-chair, was voted in as chair of Belmont United Synagogue in Stanmore on Wednesday night.

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Woman sues Lancome over make-up that ‘does not last Shabbat’

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2013

Lancome cosmetics is being sued by an Orthodox Jewish woman who claimed that their “24-hour” make-up failed to cover her over Shabbat.

New York-based Rorie Weisberg is accusing the company of falsely advertising its face foundation.

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All my business is from social media

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2013

Social media has transformed the advertising and marketing industries, according to Lilach Bullock, who was last month named among the Top 20 Women Social Media Power Influencers and the Top 50 Social Media Influencers 2013 by Forbes.

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Homophobia is tackled at schools

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2013

Campaigners against homophobic bullying in schools have translated posters into modern Hebrew as part of a UK-wide programme.

Through a joint initiative between gay rights groups Keshet UK and Stonewall, a series of translated tolerance posters have been put up for the first time at a Jewish school, JCoSS in
Barnet.

The posters read: “Some people are gay – Get over it!”

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Tribute to Sir Simon, London Mayor Boris Johnson's aide

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled a bust of the late Sir Simon Milton in a West End ceremony.

Sir Simon, his former chief of staff and deputy mayor of London, died of pneumonia aged 49 in 2011 after a 20-year battle with leukaemia.

The ceremony in Piccadilly was attended by more than 150 people, including Sir Simon’s former partner, councillor Robert Davis.

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Women are stuck in the comfort zone

By Sandy Rashty, April 26, 2013

Banking is an aggressive, competitive and challenging industry dominated by men. Women — especially Orthodox women — are noticeably absent from top positions in the financial industry. But it is not the workplace environment that is holding them back, says leading financier Judy Heicklen.

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Sacha Baron Cohen joins Roman Abramovich on Rich List

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2013

It is turning out to be an unhappy year for Roman Abramovich. His football club, Chelsea, have failed to win the Premier League, his yacht is no longer the world’s biggest, and now he is not even the UK’s richest Jew from the former Soviet Union.

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Genetic screening plan is 'missed opportunity'

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2013

Concerns have been raised about the future of NHS screening provision for diseases that disproportionately affect Ashkenazi Jews.

The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has recognised for the first time that screening should be available for Canavan disease and Familial Dysautonomia, alongside the more widely known Tay-Sachs disease.

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This one will run and run — Paul, 88, completes 22nd marathon

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2013

Completing the 26.2-mile marathon distance is a gruelling task for any participant. To prepare properly requires a lifestyle overhaul, particularly with regard to diet and exercise. But the London Marathon’s oldest competitor, 88-year-old Paul Freedman, takes it all in his accomplished stride.

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Four women to stand for top synagogue jobs

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2013

The United Synagogue is likely to get its first woman chairman of a congregation when it hold its elections next month.

The Chief Rabbi and US leaders passed a ruling allowing women to become chairmen of synagogues last December. Women had previously been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.

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Entry fee is abolished at Ben Uri

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2013

A London art gallery which showcases Jewish-related work will no longer be charging for admission.

As of today (April 19), the Ben Uri in St John’s Wood will be free to all as a result of a preferred partner scheme, whereby a company gives money in return for publicity around exhibitions and publications.

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Blaze wrecks Glasgow deli

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2013

One of Glasgow’s two kosher delis was destroyed in a fire early on Wednesday.

The blaze at Mark’s Deli, a store and café in Burnfield Road, was reported to fire services at 00:15. Four fire engines were dispatched to douse the flames — the standard call-out is two.

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Minister warns against Muslim antisemitism in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, April 19, 2013

A government minister has spoken out against “antisemitism in the Muslim community” in Britain.

Baroness Warsi, the Minister for Faith and Communities, said that anti-Zionism was often a mask for anti-Jewish hatred.

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Billionaire brothers get planning permission after £5.5m investment pledge

By Sandy Rashty, April 19, 2013

The Reuben brothers have obtained planning permission to convert a listed Mayfair home into a mansion worth up to £200 million.

David and Simon Reuben, aged 72 and 69, obtained council permission this week after investing £5.5 million towards an affordable housing scheme in Westminster.

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British POWs honoured in Holocaust heroes ceremony

By Sandy Rashty, April 18, 2013

British Prisoners of War who saved a Jewish girl from the Nazis were honoured as “Holocaust Heroes” by the government this week.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles presented awards to eight people who saved Jews from Nazi persecution during the Second World War.

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It’s thanks for the memory as Lipman takes scientific journey

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2013

For the last 15 years of his life, Maureen Lipman’s father Maurice struggled with short-term memory loss and the actress was “afraid it was going to happen to me”. It was the inspiration for If Memory Serves Me Right, a prime time BBC documentary broadcast on Thursday night in which she explored issues of memory and memory loss.

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Yom Ha'Atzmaut 2013

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2013
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Save our shop — Finchley bakery is fighting closure

By Sandy Rashty, April 15, 2013

Customers of the Parkway Patisserie in Finchley are campaigning against the plans of its landlord to close the kosher bakery and use the site as part of a development of offices, luxury flats and a library.

If Parkway closes in Finchley — where it served its first customer the day after Pesach in 1967 — its owners say the other branches in Golders Green and Wembley will also shut down.

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UK rabbis unite to challenge global poverty

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

UK rabbis from across the community have joined together in signing a petition to alleviate global poverty and malnutrition.

A letter, recently published in the Financial Times, backing the Millennium Development Goals campaign to target extreme poverty, included signatories from the Liberal, Reform and strictly Orthodox movements.

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